Former Furman President David Shi Named Fellow at National Humanities Center
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Former Furman University president David E. Shi has been named a Resident Associate Fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Shi will spend January through May at the Center working on a new book, All the Lonely People: Alienation in Modern American Culture. He was also a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 1982-83 when he wrote The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture.
The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit institution for advanced study in the humanities. It hosts 35 Fellows each year from across the United States and around the world. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.
A noted historian, Shi served as the 10th president of Furman from 1994 to 2010. An Atlanta native and a 1973 Furman graduate, he joined the university administration in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs and dean. Before coming to Furman, he taught history at Davidson College for 17 years.
Shi is also the author of Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture and co-author of the best-selling textbook, America: a Narrative History, now in its eighth edition. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at the University of Virginia.
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